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Have you ever heard a song several times, maybe even sang along, but you really didn’t HEAR the words?  That happened to me recently with the song “Raise a Hallelujah” by Bethel Music.  I had heard it on the radio and heard the youth praise band sing it, but last week driving home from work, I actually focused on the words of the song.  I thought, what lyrics for such a time as this. 

I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies 
I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief 
I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody 
I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm 
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar 
Up from the ashes, hope will arise 
Death is defeated, the King is alive!

I raise a hallelujah, with everything inside of me 
I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness flee 
I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery 
I raise a hallelujah, fear you lost your hold on me!

     I will admit there have been many times over the last few months feelings of defeat, sadness, anger, loss, darkness, and fear have taken over my thoughts and left me feeling hopeless.  Lately it seems that everywhere we turn our world is full of hate, fighting, sickness and death.  Sometimes it takes all that is within us to praise our Lord through the darkness around us, but we as Christians know that “death is defeated, the King is alive!”  What about those around us that do not have a relationship with Christ?  I am certain they are feeling these same emotions, but do they know that Jesus is always there for them just as He is for us?  Do they know that “up from the ashes, hope will arise?” 

     Church, this is our time to “raise a hallelujah!”  In the presence of enemies and disbelief, let’s raise our hallelujah.  In the darkness, through the fear and the storms, let’s raise our hallelujah.  Let those around us see that no matter what we go through on this Earth, we can praise Him in the middle of any storm.  Let’s share Jesus with those who are lost and hurting so they, too, can raise a hallelujah.  As we begin the return to more of our church ministries, it is my prayer that we do not take one moment for granted.  I pray that every day we are focused on the urgency of sharing Christ with others and that as a church this drives everything we do.

                                                                                    Love in Christ,